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A retaining bar is another type of anchoring system used to stabilize removable implant-supported prostheses. This system is a good option for the lower jaw. In addition to stimulating the jawbone to prevent resorption, the bar evenly distributes the pressure exerted on implants during chewing, which in turn is more comfortable for your gums. When placed on your upper dental arch, the retaining bar is very comfortable as it completely frees up your palate.

In most cases, four implants are needed to properly secure the titanium retaining bar. The prosthesis attaches to the bar and is immediately stabilized and functional.

Different types of retaining bars can be used, including the U-shaped Dolder bar, milled bar or Paris bar. While they all enable you to easily remove your prosthesis, the dentist will recommend which one best suits your needs.

A bar-retained anchoring system helps patients feel like they have their natural teeth back.

Installation steps:

The installation process is usually the same for implant-supported permanent and removable prostheses.

  1. A complete dental check-up is performed and x-rays are taken
  2. Surgical phase: One or several implants are installed in the alveolar bone
  3. A temporary prosthesis is installed
  4. Bone integration phase: As tissue heals, it gradually fuses the implant to the bone. This step can take two to four months
  5. Prosthetic phase: After the healing period, the implant is solidly integrated into the bone. The temporary prosthesis is removed and a pillar is installed on the implant. The final prosthesis will be attached to this pillar, which can be secured to the crown, anchors under the bridge or under full dentures. The prosthesis can be permanent or removable
  6. The last step involves carefully adjusting the prosthesis for comfortable and effective occlusion. The results are both attractive and functional

Advantages of implant-supported prostheses

The installation process is usually the same for implant-supported permanent and removable prostheses.

  • Stable: When speaking and chewing
  • Comfortable: No more painful rubbing or pressure points; feel just like natural teeth
  • Attractive: Matches the colour and shape of your teeth for a natural look
  • Durable: Implants can last for many years, even a lifetime, if you practice good oral hygiene and follow your dentist’s recommendations
  • Prevent jawbone resorption
  • Replace missing teeth without damaging adjoining teeth
  • Easy to clean
  • Help improve your confidence and self-esteem

How to care for your prostheses

Caring for implant-supported prostheses is easy. Treat them like your natural teeth with a basic everyday routine. Your dentist will give you all the information you need. Maintenance is similar for both permanent and removable prosthesis. The key to success is regular cleaning and gentle care around the implants.

Biannual check-ups are recommended, during which the dentist will carefully check the condition of your prosthesis and the comfort and stability of your implants.